Artemisia Health Benefits

Artemisia annua is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is known as Qing Hao. It is commonly used to treat fevers, including those associated with malaria, and has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Artemisinin extract also has restorative properties for febrile conditions and is used to boost immune system support. It is also used as a calming herb in aromatherapy.

The plant has substances that improve the quality of sleep, hence the origin of the name Artemis, the Greek goddess of hunting and the moon. This makes it a popular ingredient in the artisan industry for herbal pillows and flavorings. It is also used in the perfume industry and to flavor drinks and wines.

In cancer studies, Artemisia annua extract has shown cytotoxic activities and two of its components, artemisinin and artesunate are being studied for cancer treatment.

Wormwood, or wormwood, is a 19th century aromatic drink banned in the United States, it is specially composed of artemisinin and despite being considered harmful in that century, it could be used to eliminate intestinal worms.

It does not stop there. Scientific research also shows that absinthe can even kill cancer cells. It can also be used to treat anorexia, insomnia, anemia, poor appetite, flatulence, stomach pain, jaundice and indigestion.

Artemisia annua is a tropical plant that comes from Latin America and Central America. Nowadays, it has become popular and can be easily found in Asia and Europe. Many people include it in their salads with other vegetables.

Although it smells good, its taste is quite bitter, so some people cook it with other ingredients or eat it after they finish their meals, they also use it directly on the body.


  • Anticancer – Artemisia annua contains saponin, terpenoids, flavonoids and antioxidant compounds that can fight various types of cancer such as breast cancer, gastric cancer and liver cancer. It has a high anticancer activity due to its interaction with the iron complex in the blood. In fact, this plant has been used as a treatment in China and is capable of killing 98% of breast cancer cells in less than a day. To treat cancer, it can be eaten cooked. Artemisia annua leaves should be ingested whenever possible, but in addition to consuming this, the herb should also be balanced with sufficient water consumption so that the substances can be correctly carried by the blood.
  • Cure mumps disease – The polyphenol compounds contained in Artemisia annua can cure mumps disease. Mumps is a swelling that occurs in the neck area. It is dangerous and disturbs the digestion or breathing that occurs in the throat if you allow it to happen. To cure, mash the Artemisia leaves until smooth. Then add vinegar with a 1:1 ratio. Finally, use them on the affected part 3 times a day.
  • As an ulcer treatment – Irregular eating patterns can be one of the causes of ulcer disease. Another cause is too high acid content in the stomach. By consuming Artemisia annua leaves, the stomach acid will be neutralized and also the wound on its wall will be treated. Artemisia annua has contents of tocopherols, polyphenols and hydroxyeugenols which are useful for neutralizing stomach acid. This substance can also strengthen the gastric sphincter muscles, which work to receive a variety of food intakes without upsetting the stomach.
  • Prevent hemodialysis – Blood is very important to the body because all the activities of human organs need blood to help them function well. However, there are some substances that can be dangerous. Fortunately, Artemisia annua contains vitamin E, antioxidant, and flavonoids that can kill poisons or toxins in the blood.
  • For healthy bones – Artemisia annua contains many substances that are good for bone health. The content of minerals, calcium and magnesium in Artemisia are able to strengthen bones and also generate bone growth, especially in childhood. In addition, it plays an important role in the bone formation process, the bone cell regeneration stage and fills in the lack of bone structure due to the age factor.
  • Increases appetite – Artemisia is good for children who want to grow up and don’t eat much, as it contains quercetin compounds that can increase appetite. It is good for patients who are post-surgery to increase endurance. We can use Artemisia annua as a complementary food that is eaten after finishing the main course. We can cook with other ingredients to make the food tastier and smell good too.
  • Against bad breath – Artemisia’s best anti-inflammatory and antibacterial aspects are found in coniferyl alcohol and quercetin. Both play an excellent role in helping to improve the balance of bacteria in the mouth and normalize its acidity. This condition will help reduce the risk of thrush formation, bleeding gum complaints and will also help to overcome the problem of bad breath. This compound is also proven to clean the tongue and saliva of germs that cause bad breath.
  • Prevents breast swelling and speeds up breastfeeding – A woman’s breast may be harmed because it is often used to feed the baby or the woman may be in her period of menstruation. Artemisa contains terpenoids and anti-inflammatory compounds that can alleviate the swelling that occurs in the breast so that it can speed up breastfeeding for the baby. Take the leaves and burn them in a small fire. When they are still warm, rub them around your chest and do these steps 3 times a day.
  • Strengthen a weak heart – Artemisia annua contains antioxidant substances and flavonoids that play a role in repairing damaged cells. In the heart area, these flavonoid compounds will be helpful in smoothing blood flow, strengthening the heart muscle and blood vessels to drain it. This will strengthen your heart muscles and your heart will also be healthier.
  • Improve the immune system – Artemisia contains many vitamins A and E which are good for the body’s immunity. Along with the presence of protein content that can help the formation of phagocytes, which serve to boost the immune system. Furthermore, the vitamin C content in it is also proven to help increase the body’s metabolism in its peak condition.
  • Antimalarial – Artemisinin is a substance extracted from the Artemisia plant used as a drug to treat malarial disease. The content of these substances is more effective in malaria disease than substances produced by quinine plants. Therefore, the plant could replace the quinine plant as a medicine against malaria, because quinine plants are very resistant to malaria.
  • For young skin – The aging of the skin or the occurrence of premature dermis wear is not just caused by age. It can be caused by lifestyle or by never having the skin treatment, so that the skin itself does not have enough nutrition. Artemisia annua has several vitamins and substances that are helpful for healthy skin to look younger. The content of vitamins C and E has benefits for facial beauty and dermis smoothness. In addition, the amount of flavonoids clearly plays a role in clearing blood vessels and helps smooth blood circulation to better meet the dermis’s oxygen and nutrition needs.


Where to find Artemisia is a recurring question for people who discover its advantages, but it can be found in pharmacies, supermarkets, in specialized places, herbal product stores or even on the internet or in rural areas. However, in these cases care is needed to really know the plant. Here are more health benefits of Artemisia annua that can be gained from using it.

  • Leaves eyes healthy;
  • Increases body resistance;
  • Makes defecation easier;
  • Restores damaged body cells;
  • Releases free radicals;


Artemisia is a genus that combines a variety of species (up to 400) in the Asteraceae (daisy flower) family. All are valued for their volatile oils and specific odor.

The most common names for herbs of this genus are spider (A. vulgaris), wormwood or wormwood (A. capillaries and others). The genus includes perennial herbs and shrubs, spread across the world in temperate climates.

Artemisia vulgaris  is called common mugwort , and is also known as the  phelon herb or St. John’s Plant . Originated from Asia, Europe and Africa.

This perennial plant grows up to 2 meters tall, has firm roots, scalloped green leaves of pinnato and dark green, with small flowers and multiple red or yellow petals. The flowers are arranged in chapters and bloom from July to September.

Artemisia annua has many nutrients that are good for the body, such as:

  • Quercetin;
  • coniferyl alcohol;
  • Flavonoids;
  • Terpenoids;
  • Hydroxoeugenols;
  • Tocopherols;
  • Saponin;
  • Polyphenols;
  • Minerals;
  • Calcium;
  • Magnesium;


Artemisia tea recipes are quite easy to prepare, but can be made more complex by adding different ingredients. Always follow the instructions on the packaging labels regarding the dosage and quantity of the product to be used when brewing the tea.

A common recipe is to pour approximately 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the dried tea leaves into a cup and then pour a cup of hot water over the leaves. Some recipes may specify boiling water, while others recommend water that has not reached the boiling point to protect the active compounds in the leaves from damage.

The leaves are strong and bitter, so you’ll likely add a sweetener of some kind, like honey. Tea is best digested on a full stomach. The tea can also be blended with other herbal teas, including peppermint to improve flavor.

However, never mix Artemisia with Rue, as it has abortifacient effects. Side effects also include vasodilation, seizures and allergic reactions, so they should not be used during pregnancy.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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